The topic of my blog is “About Me” and specifically about ‘ohana. In keeping with this theme as well as elements from my collage, I wanted to incorporate the plumeria flower lei and the word ‘ohana into a suitable logo for my blog.
My choice of colors was influenced by a few things. There is one thing that many tropical islands have in common, and that is bright vivid colors in its flora and fauna. That said, the plumeria comes in a wide range of colors from delicate whites & yellow to vivid fuchsias (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo189406.htm). Another influence was the bright colors used in Crazy Shirts clothing back in the 1980s. Crazy Shirts started as a small T-shirt store in Waikiki (http://www.crazyshirts.com/home.do). With these things in mind, I opted to go with a hot pink to orange-yellow gradient.
To create the lei, I began by using the pencil tool to draw a petal and copied it repeatedly. Further adjustments were made by rotating the angle, and using the object transform and object arrange options. I used the gradient option to add color to the top petal layer, and filled the bottom petal layer with a solid color to add some depth and clarity to each petal of the plumeria. I created a circle using the ellipse tool to overlay each flower to create a lei that forms the letter “O” in ‘ohana.
My fellow classmates and instructor had some excellent feedback that I have tried to incorporate into my final design. I changed to the shape of the lei from a round circle to more of an oval and slightly rotated it to match the slant of the letters. I increased the size of the font used for “hana” because I needed a better balance in terms of weight and mass of the “O.” I felt there was too much white space so I added a background color with a 30% opacity to fade it. I centered the logo and placed a “frame” around it using the same gradient colors, with a -60 ° angle. Overall, I am happy with this design.